# cosecant

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cosecant
/koh see"keuhnt, -kant/, n. Trigonom.
1. (in a right triangle) the ratio of the hypotenuse to the side opposite a given angle.
2. the secant of the complement, or the reciprocal of the sine, of a given angle or arc. Abbr.: csc
Also, cosec.
[1700-10; < NL cosecant- (s. of cosecans). See CO-, SECANT]

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